Monday, 29 December 2014

Review: Fort Starlight

Fort Starlight
Fort Starlight by Claudia Zuluaga

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautifully crafted novel. Full of swampy imagery, you can almost taste the mud and feel the sticky heat on the nape of your neck.

I really connected to this book: themes of families lost and gained, and chasing dreams that you don't feel you truly deserve struck a chord that really resonated with me.

The story is dark but hopeful, extraordinary but believable.

Be prepared to set aside a good chunk of reading time when you start this book, as you will unlikely be able to set it down.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

How to Be a Good Girlfriend in Ten Easy Steps

  1. Don't dwell on the time your mother told you that you were a terrible person and that nobody would ever love you; it makes you anxious, and an anxious girlfriend is not a good girlfriend.
  2. Don't ask them to talk about their feelings. It makes them anxious, and good girlfriends don't make their partners anxious.
  3. Smile more. Good girlfriends smile more.
  4. Don't talk about your feelings. Talking about any feelings makes them anxious. See #2.
  5. Talk less in general. The less you talk, the less likely you're going to say something upsetting.
  6. Don't hold them accountable for their behaviour. Good girlfriends don't expect their partners to inconvenience themselves with consequences.
  7. Agree with what they have to say. Good girlfriends are agreeable.
  8. Don't make plans. Good girlfriends are always around as a backup when their partners' plans fall through.
  9. Love them more than you love you.
  10. Work hard to make the relationship work, so they don't have to. Good girlfriends don't let things fall apart.